The Challenges of 3D Printing

Posted by Mike Sterling

Jul 21, 2015 2:00:00 PM

For years now we have been monitoring the progress of 3D printing, AKA additive manufacturing, as the technologies, techniques, and interest in it advance.


As industries slowly begin to embrace this new technology, we will explore some of the challenges faced with integrating this new capability.

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Topics: 3d printing, additive manufacturing


5 Advantages of 3D Printing

Posted by Mike Sterling

Jul 7, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Complex designs, mass customization, and cost effectiveness are among the benefits of this innovative technology.

3D printing has recently been capturing an unprecedented number of headlines, even though the technology has been around since the 1980s. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing can fuse layers of powdered material via a laser, and disburse melted plastic or a similar material through nozzles. The technology essentially fabricates a product layer by layer based on a design file.

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Topics: 3d printing, additive manufacturing


Globalization and the Need for the Ever-Faster Instant

Posted by Mike Sterling

Jan 3, 2013 4:30:00 AM

For the large part, we who were born in North America grew up in an instant age.

commercialWe had refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, dishwashers, and washing machines that made the daily schlep of food storage, cooking, cleaning, and grooming into something less than a footnote in our collective day. And as our country came online throughout the 90s and the 00s, we found ourselves living in a world where everything – information, consumer products, skills, career opportunities, professional consultation, friendship, even soul mates – were suddenly ours for the Google-searching. In a few brief years, the work of Tim Berners-Lee and his like grew to encompass the entire planet. People once marveled that a supersonic Concorde passenger jet could deliver travelers from Charles De Gaulle Airport to JFK Airport in a matter of a few hours. Today, these same people can connect with friends, loved ones, and business associates across the globe in the matter of just a few, wireless seconds.

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Topics: 3d printing, Manufacturing news